- Fun Factor
First, let me start off saying that I have a special place in my heart for Lara Croft. There have been many tombs we explored, many treasures discovered and many villains plans foiled.
I first took up the mantle of raiding tombs many, many years ago. Sometimes it was better than others. This time though, I believe it is right on par with the first time I saw that grizzly bear lumbering towards me while I peppered it with bullets from my dual pistols.
Tomb Raider is one game that I have not been able to put down. There have been many great
games come out this season, but this one is truly a keeper. The gameplay is so smooth and immersive it
is easy to lose track of time while playing it. The light from your torch glimmering off the walls of a dank,
murky cave while skulls and candles show you a past of violence. The music always foreboding you from
feeling safe knowing that what lies ahead could likely be your doom. The vast, intricate landscapes that
are thrust upon you are just breathtaking. The bigger the screen you play it on the better.
The graphics are a very good example of where pc gaming is at and where it is headed. Textures
are extremely detailed, the modeling quite good too (when you see Lara die for the first time, you will
definitely cringe). For one, the TressFX effect on Lara’s hair is quite cool to see in action. Each hair is
individually defined and reacts to the environment you are in. How could one get so excited about a
simple hair effect? It gives hope to the fact that there are developers out there working on new effects
AND implementing them into new games. Decisively progressing the flow of technology and not being
content with where we are.
The A.I. plays a big part of the action as well, never being too smart or too ignorant. Whether
you’re battling giant wolves or pissed off island raiders, it’s always a good fight. The flow never gets
stale with the always available option of raiding an abandoned tomb once in a while. It’s in these
sections you’ll see the return of puzzles and treasure. There were a few times I was stumped, but just
spend a little extra time thinking outside the box and the answers will come to you. You will feel quite
accomplished when you do figure them out.
This game is an action game, there is no denying that. There will be many explosions, lots of
bullets fired and plenty of quick time events. It never gets stale or monotonous though. With the steady
ability to upgrade your weapons and skill set, it’s an always growing adventure. There IS a bow and
arrow, and it IS awesome to use (which you will do often).
I’ll end this review saying that this is the Tomb Raider we have all been waiting for. Go out and
grab you a copy, you won’t regret it.